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Damini Ralleigh


Damini works as a Senior Correspondent with The Indian Express.

Dressed Thai
Fri, May 04, 2018

At Bo Tai, Zorawar Kalra’s latest, Thai cuisine gets a modern makeover

Buttered Up
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

Chez Jerome Cousin’s latest in the city serves French food in a casual, bistro format.

‘Indian food deserves a better place on the global stage’
Wed, Apr 25, 2018

"Mostly, the cuisine has been subjugated to greasy takeaway, cheap places to go to after a night out and most of them serve a rather bastardised version of Indian food. But the new wave of Indian restaurants is doing a very good job in London," says Zorawar Kalra

Families in Food: Dessert Storm
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

A kheer shop that's delighted Delhi for more than 130 years.

Ram Kumar (1924-2018): In Memoriam
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Artists Krishen Khanna, Manu Parekh, Prabhakar Kolte, Akbar Padamsee and Gulam Mohammed Sheikh recall their associations with Ram Kumar.

The First Meal
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Delhi rarely disappoints when it comes to its vast array of breakfast options, be it the meaty nihari or picture-perfect red velvet pancakes.

A photo of Congress leaders eating ‘chhole-bhature’ has put the spotlight on a Delhi sweet shop
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

It isn’t just the Congress leaders who tilt towards their savouries. Recently, Chaina Ram clinched the title for the Best Samosa at the Delhi Street Food Awards, by Delhi Food Walks. If only there was a category for a well-camouflaged poori as well

Mangoes Are Not the Only Fruit
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

It's time for the jackfruit to take its rightful place at the top of the fruit chain.

Small Plates, Big Flavour
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

NicoCaara stages beautiful plates with seasonal and organic produce as their main protagonists but leaves you wanting more

Master Distiller Jeff Arnett on the intricacies of crafting whiskey
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

In 2008, Jeff Arnett took on the mantle and is only the seventh distiller in the 150 years of Jack Daniel’s existence. In the Capital recently for a masterclass, he let us in on a regular day at the distillery and the demands of his much-coveted job. Excerpts from the interview:

Families in Food: Sundae Fun Day
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

The story of one of the capital’s most popular ice-cream parlours.

The Unsung Heroes of The Street
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

An award ceremony organised by Delhi Food Walks acknowledged some obvious and some lesser-known street food vendors of the city.

Baoshuan’s tour of Chinese cuisine is modern and refreshing while remaining true to its roots
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

The menu is created under the aegis of Andrew Wong, who won a Michelin star for his eponymous restaurant in London last October. Though born to London-based Chinese restauranteur parents, Wong took to the kitchen only after his father died and his mother began running their four restaurants.

Reading the Coffee Bean
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Stuart Freedman’s exhibition on the Coffee Houses of India is a ‘love letter’ to the fading institution

Perumal Murugan on translation and the censorship within
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Murugan’s books have gained a much wider readership after their translation into several languages. While he “is happy about the development”, he takes issue with what originally put him under the national spotlight — a series of protests by local Hindu and caste-based groups over the depiction of certain rituals in Madhorubhagan.

Food Review: French Connection
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

The French-inflected food of Pondicherry, or ‘Pondy’ — as it is affectionately known — fills the concise menu at the restaurant, that has luckily found a snug spot away from the relentless bustle of Adchini.

French chef Alain Passard decodes five iconic dishes that exemplify his approach to food
Wed, Feb 28, 2018

It is not only for the exquisite artistry French chef Alain Passard achieves on the plate or the three Michelin stars he has held since 1996, but also for reaffirming the essential relationship between the chef and the produce, that Passard is hailed as a culinary legend.

I am impressed with the food revolution in India, says chef Gary Mehigan
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Chef Gary Mehigan, one of the most popular faces on television, will be exchanging notes with several Indian chefs in his new show, Masters of Taste with Gary Mehigan.

Story of the Senses
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Jasleen Dhamija writes about food and flirtation, balancing spontaneity with discretion, in her new book A Gourmet’s Journey: Discovering the Exotic and Erotic in Food

The Best of a Few Worlds
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Orza aims to broaden the soft spot Delhi has for Awadhi and Kashmiri food

Frame of Thought
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

The India Art Fair garnered a larger body of collectors and catered to the uninitiated public.

Narratives of Anxiety
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

A dichotomy of fear and ferocity lingers through the works of Mumbai-based artist Anju Dodiya.

All in Art is Fair
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

The India Art Fair in Delhi presents multiple lenses to view social issues, questions the value of art, and keeps its promise with the Masters

Outside the White Cube
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

In its first edition, The Irregulars Art Fair brings together independent artists to question established norms of the art world

An Enduring Legacy:The oldest member of Karim’s, Zahooruddin, died at 85, leaving behind a living heritage
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

From Presidents Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Zakir Hussain, to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi whose famed iftaar parties were catered by Karim’s, to actor Dilip Kumar and artist MF Hussain, all have savoured the magic only the family knows to stir up.